Enter our kids’ short story competition! (Competition ended)

Win an iPad and get published with our kids’ short story competition!

To celebrate World Book Day, we are running our biggest competition EVER! We’re giving kids across the UK the chance to have their very own short story published on the Pickatale app plus win an iPad and a year’s subscription to the Pickatale for Families app! Click the button below to learn more about our short story competition and to submit your entry.

On this page, you will find plenty of awesome information about our short story competition plus tips and tricks to help inspire your writing and get those creative juices flowing! Read on to find out more!


Be inspired!

Your short story can be about absolutely anything! If you’re stuck for where to start, why not simply write about something that you love. Whether that’s animals, space, superheroes, dinosaurs, cars, bikes, cakes, magical fairytales – your story could even feature our Pickatale parrot! Take a look at our fun illustrations to help inspire your writing.


How to start writing your story

Writing a short story can be really tough! Where do you even start? Read our handy guide below to help you with your creative writing.


Meet the judges

Our panel of judges can’t wait to read your stories and pick the competition winners! You can find out a bit more about them below.

Roger Beard

Roger Beard has been a primary school teacher and a teacher training tutor. He is now an Emeritus Professor of Primary Education at the London Institute of Education. Roger has been studying children’s reading for many years and has written numerous books and articles on it. He has travelled all over the world to talk to people about children’s reading – cool or what!

James Tavendale

James is Pickatale’s Content Director – this means he reads stories all day long and is in charge of the amazing books you can find on the Pickatale app. His hobbies are football, football and football. He once beat the Norwegian arm-wrestling champion and has a very cute Yorkiepoo named Bruno.

Sarah Natasha Melbye

Sarah works with developing new stories for the Pickatale app together with many different authors. She loves a good story and has worked with storytelling her whole life, in TV, radio and with books. She used to be the host of ‘Who wants to be a millionaire’ in Norway, and once handed out the top price of 1 million Norwegian kroner! Her hobbies are reading, football, hockey and music. Her best friend is called Vegas, he is an 11 year old brown Labrador.


Learn more about our short story competition and how to enter by clicking the button below. Good luck and happy writing!